NEWS DESK

There are lots of things happening in the village so please see the Events and Activities page.

Christmas gifts for Oldbury-on-Severn residents

As Christmas approaches, you may be wondering how you are going to get through another festive season on a low income. Every year, The Thornbury Town Trust gives cash donations to people of Thornbury who are in financial need; this year, we also have a small amount allocated for residents of Oldbury-on-Severn.

Oldbury-on-Severn residents on a low income and receiving means tested benefits are invited to apply for a Christmas gift.

Please write to Sally Bertram, Clerk to the Thornbury Town Trust, 23 Cumbria Close, Thornbury, BS35 2YE, giving details of your financial and household circumstances. Alternatively you may email sallytowntrust@gmail.com

Please reply by 12th November 2021.

Keep yourself and others safe this autumn and winter

As autumn arrives, many of us will be thinking about the colder months and what we can do to keep ourselves healthy. Colds, flus and other respiratory illnesses are more common in colder months as people are indoors more often, allowing viruses to pass more easily from one person to another. This will also mean the risk of Covid-19 infection is higher. These infections, as well as cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.

Director of Public Health for South Gloucestershire, Sara Blackmore and Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, Toby Savage are therefore urging everyone in South Gloucestershire to take sensible and safe precautions to keep themselves and others safe.

Their advice is to:

  • Come forward when invited for vaccination of both Covid and flu
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze
  • Stay at home if you are unwell, to reduce the risk of passing any illnesses on to friends, family, colleagues, and others in your community
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed and crowded spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet or where it will make you and others feel more comfortable
  • Try to meet outdoors or in well-ventilated indoor areas
  • Self-isolate and get a PCR test if you have symptoms of Covid-19
  • Self-isolate if you test positive for Covid-19 or are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace. This remains a legal requirement
  • Take a regular rapid Covid-19 test twice a week if you don’t have symptoms.
  • Be kind, courteous and considerate of others – take into account not only your own risks, but also of those around you, such as those with clinical vulnerabilities.

More information about how to stay well this winter is available here How to stay well in winter – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Local information and guidance on Covid-19 testing, vaccination, and how to access financial support if you have been impacted by Covid-19, is available on our website www.southglos.gov.uk/coronavirus

For dates and times of upcoming walk-in, appointment-free vaccination clinics around our region or to click through to the national booking system to book your vaccine, visit www.grabajab.net

Booster vaccine

People aged 50 years and over, care home residents, health and social care workers and younger people at risk (who have already had 2 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine) are being prioritised to receive a booster jab from 6 months after their second dose. This move will prolong the protection vaccines offer, particularly for those most vulnerable to Covid-19 as we head into the autumn and winter months.

The NHS will contact you when it is your turn to have a booster.

You can read more about the coronavirus (Covid-19) booster vaccine on the NHS website.

Health and Wellbeing in South Gloucestershire - residents survey

Public Health, South Gloucestershire Council have commissioned independent researchers, ICE Creates, to undertake quantitative and qualitative market research to provide an assessment of the lifestyle, wellbeing and support needs of South Gloucestershire residents and the impact that Covid-19 has had on these factors.

The findings will inform the future direction of public health commissioned and delivered lifestyle/wellbeing services and wider support services across the Council. 

Download the full document here.

New CrimeStoppers campaign

CrimeStoppers have announced a new campaign to fight rural crime. Full details can be found at: 

Rural crime | Crimestoppers (crimestoppers-uk.org)

A new poster and an accompanying leaflet are now available to download.